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Training Camp: Renegades roster preview

Dallas receiver Jeff Badet (13) was the Renegades top pick in the XFL Draft.

We are barely over a month away from the Dallas Renegades' franchise opener against the St. Louis BattleHawks at Globe Life Park on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m.

As the season edges closer, the team is heading south to Houston for a league-wide Training Camp from Jan. 4-22.

During the coming weeks, players will finally put on the pads for full-contact practices, and even line up across other XFL teams in scrimmages to prepare for the 2020 campaign.

The Renegades will practice at Houston Stratford’s Darrell Tully Stadium just west of downtown Houston on I-10. Throughout camp, it’s possible the Dallas staff will add or drop players, and upon completion of camp, the roster will be trimmed to its final total of 53.

Before camp gets rolling, here’s a quick overview of the current Renegades roster.

Offense

Quarterbacks: Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Philip Nelson (East Carolina)

Running Backs: Cameron Artis-Payne (Auburn), Austin Walter (Rice), Lance Dunbar (North Texas), Dimitri Flowers (Oklahoma), Marquis Young (UMass), Darnell Holland (Kennesaw State)

Wide Receivers: Jeff Badet (Oklahoma), Stacy Coley (Miami), Floyd Allen (Ole Miss), Jazz Ferguson (Northwestern State), Simmie Cobbs Jr. (Indiana), Carl Whitley (Abilene Christian), Flynn Nagel (Northwestern), Joshua Crockett (Central Oklahoma), Jerrod Heard (Texas), James Quick (Louisville), Steven Dunbar (Houston)

Tight Ends: Romello Brooker (Houston), Donald Parham (Stetson), Sean Price (South Florida)Offensive Line: Maurquice Shakir (Middle Tennessee), Darius James (Auburn), Derrick Puni (Central Missouri), Alex Balducci (Oregon), Josh Allen (Louisiana-Monroe), Oni Omoile (Iowa State), Patrick Lawrence (Baylor), Willie Beavers (Western Michigan), Justin Evans (South Carolina State), Salesi Uhatafe (Utah), Maea Teuhema (Southeast Louisiana), Pace Murphy (Northwestern State)

Defense

Defensive Line: Frank Alexander (Oklahoma), Richard Ash (Western Michigan), Tyrell Thompson (Tarleton State), Winston Craig (Richmond), Gelen Robinson (Purdue)

Linebackers: Tre Watson (Maryland), Christian Kuntz (Duquesne), Hau’oli Kikaha (Washington), Tegray Scales (Indiana), Tobenna Okeke (Fresno State), Greer Martini (Notre Dame), Ray Ray Davison (California), Marcus Jones (Angelo State), Jonathan Massaquoi (Troy), James Folston (Pittsburgh), Asantay Brown (Western Michigan), Johnathan Calvin (Mississippi State), Gerald Rivers (Ole Miss)

Cornerbacks: Josh Thornton (Southern Utah), Treston Decoud (Oregon State), Josh Hawkins (East Carolina), Jamal Peters (Mississippi State), Donatello Brown (Valdosta State), Dashaun Phillips (Tarleton State)

Safeties: Tenny Adewusi (Delaware), Micah Abernathy (Tennessee), Marwin Evans (Utah State), Derron Smith (Fresno State), Ryan Moeller (Colorado), Doyin Jibowu (Fort Hays State), Ronald Martin (LSU)

Special Teams

Kicker: Austin MacGinnis (Kentucky)

Punter: Drew Galitz (Baylor)

Long Snapper: Owen Gilbert (Marian)

Renegades in the NFL Draft

Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB: No. 44 overall (2nd), New Orleans Saints - 2015
Frank Alexander, DE: No. 103 overall (4th), Carolina Panthers - 2012
Landry Jones, QB: No. 115 overall (4th), Pittsburgh Steelers - 2013
Willie Beavers, OT: No. 121 overall (4th), Minnesota Vikings - 2016
Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB: No. 164 overall (5th), Atlanta Falcons - 2012
Treston Decoud, CB: No. 169 overall (5th), Houston Texans - 2017
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB: No.174 overall (5th), Carolina Panthers - 2015
Derron Smith, S: No. 197 overall (6th), Cincinnati Bengals - 2015
Stacy Coley, WR: No. 219 overall (7th), Minnesota Vikings - 2017
Deon Simon, DT: No. 223 overall (7th), New York Jets - 2015

Of the 72 players on the Renegades training camp roster, 43 have been a part of an NFL team. When it comes to the college ranks, 52 played FBS football, 13 played FCS football, six played DII football and one played at the NAIA level. The SEC has 10 representatives on the roster, followed by the Big 12 (8), Pac 12 (6), Big 10 (5) and ACC (3).